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How to Make Holiday Sock Snowmen

Updated on June 17, 2015
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Ronna Pennington is a professional craft writer and a life-long crafter whose motto is "If I can hot glue it, I can do it."

Holiday Sock Snowman

Holiday sock snowman decorations are inexpensive and fun to make.
Holiday sock snowman decorations are inexpensive and fun to make. | Source

Sock Snowmen

Sock snowmen are easy to make and a great way to recycle old socks.It doesn't even matter if there's a hole in the heel or toe! These snowmen are made from the calf area of knee highs. Use socks of varying sizes and styles and adapt these instructions to them to create a range of sizes.

You Will Need:

1 knee high sock (I used a men's knee high)Scissors
6-inch x 4-inch felt for hat
12-inch x 2-inch felt for scarf
1 rubber band
Scrap black felt (eyes, mouth)
Scrap orange felt (nose)
Seed beads (buttons)
Hot glue gun and glue sticks
Needle, thread
Polyester filling (stuffing)
Two small twigs for arms

Start with an Old Sock

Knee highs work best for larger snowmen, but smaller socks can be used to make smaller ones.  Experiment with different sizes.
Knee highs work best for larger snowmen, but smaller socks can be used to make smaller ones. Experiment with different sizes. | Source

Make the Body

  • Lay out the sock on a flat surface. Cut away the elastic band and the foot area, leaving only the calf part of the sock. Turn the sock inside-out.
  • Fold the sock flat and stitch together one end of the sock. This stitch will be the bottom of the snowman and it is very forgiving. Don't panic if it isn't a perfect seam.
  • Turn the sock right-side out and stuff with fiber fill. Experiment to determine the look you want your snowman to have -- firmly stuffed or a little squishy. I took the squishy route.
  • Cinch the open end of the stuff sock by wrapping the rubber band around it several times.

A "Carrot" Nose

Felt becomes a carrot nose for your Holiday Sock Snowman.
Felt becomes a carrot nose for your Holiday Sock Snowman. | Source

Accessorize

Cut snips into the short ends of the "scarf" to resemble fringe.

Develop the snowman's "head" by tying the scarf strip of felt several inches down from the rubber band. Experiment to determine where you want the head to be placed. Tie the "scarf" in a knot to secure.

Fold the hat rectangle in half with the short ends together. Stitch the short ends together, then fold inside-out.

Cut 1-inch slits into the top edge of the snowman's hat rectangle. Make the slits 1/2 to 3/4 inches apart. Tie opposite slits together to form the top of the snowman's hat. It will look like a fringed hat. Position the hat on top of the snowman's head as desired. Secure with a spot of hot glue at the back of the snowman's head.

Cut a small semi-circle from orange felt. Mine was an inch long. Roll the semi-circle into a cone and whip stitch to secure. Stitch around the base to attach nose onto snowman's face.

Cut small circles from the black felt for eyes and mouth pieces. Hot glue in place as desired.

Hot glue four seed beads onto the snowman's belly to resemble buttons.

Cut a snip into the right and left sides of the snowman for arm holes.Insert a twig into a snip.Pinch the sock up around the twig and add hot glue to hold in place. Repeat with other twig on opposite side.

Now, your Holiday Sock Snowman is complete!



Special Notes:

Want to play with the snowman? Make arms from brown felt instead of using real twigs.

Don't allow small children to play with this snowman. In addition to the twigs being a hazard, small pieces used for eyes, beads, and the rubber band may pose safety hazards as well. When making for a small child, use brown felt for arms and stitch securely in place. Embroider on the facial features and buttons.

You may replace the rubber band with stitches if preferred. Just pull the thread to pucker the top before knotting.

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    • Ronna Pennington profile imageAUTHOR

      Ronna Pennington 

      5 years ago from Arkansas

      Thanks for Pinning and happy crafting!

    • DeborahNeyens profile image

      Deborah Neyens 

      5 years ago from Iowa

      What a cute idea! I'm going to pin this so I can find it next Christmas when I'm looking for craft ideas.

    • Sushma Webber profile image

      Sushma Webber 

      5 years ago from New Zealand

      Hi Ronna, you are right. I too like recycling and making use of things until they can be used no more. Happy Holidays!

    • Ronna Pennington profile imageAUTHOR

      Ronna Pennington 

      5 years ago from Arkansas

      Best wishes for an awesome 2013!

    • drosostalitsa profile image

      drosostalitsa 

      5 years ago from Greece

      Great idea! Thank you so much! Happy Holidays

    • Ronna Pennington profile imageAUTHOR

      Ronna Pennington 

      5 years ago from Arkansas

      Thanks, Sushma! The only thing I like more than crafting is recycling :D

    • Sushma Webber profile image

      Sushma Webber 

      5 years ago from New Zealand

      Very good idea and looks cute too! I like the sock snowman idea. Hope to read more craft articles from you.

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